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Woman blames friend for forged checks

After allegedly cashing/attempting to cash two forged checks at a local gas station, an Okeechobee woman claimed …
OKEECHOBEE -- Work continues on the Okeechobee County Jail expansion. The first part of the jail expansion is projected to cost $22,657,092. Phase 1 is funded through at $15 million loan with a 20-year repayment of $21,597,205. Phase 1A is budgeted in Fiscal Year 2022/2023 for $6 million.The total cost of the jail expansion is estimated at $68 million. The county has not yet identified funding sources for the additional phases. At one time, county commissioners considered the idea of asking voters to approve a special tax to help fund the jail, but this will not be on the 2022 ballot.

Visitation in the jails has changed over the years

Having a family member in jail is difficult for anyone.

Hendry County Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the influence (DUI) charges.
Business Corner
LaBelle Outfitters is located at 274 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle.

LaBelle Outfitters clothing store offers variety, affordable prices

LaBelle Outfitters, a new clothing store opening Friday, July 15, is catering to the unique needs of the community.
January 2007 calendar, During the excitement of the holiday season, many people overspend. Bring this and other debt uder control often seems like a daunting task. IFAS Extension family economics programs are helping people regain control of their finances by providing money management tips for reducing debt. UF/IFAS.

Find Your Frugal: Five ways to save on banking, avoid fees

As interest rates begin to rise, consumers will start to see pros and cons to changes in their account terms.

LDRC receives 2022 Main Street America Accreditation

LABELLE — LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) has been designated as an Accredited Main Street America™ program …
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President Biden approves emergency declaration for Seminole Tribe

FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Seminole Tribe...

Glades Electric partners to deliver high-speed fiber broadband access

Glades Electric Cooperative has selected Conexon Connect as a partner to deploy high-speed internet...

Hendry County to conduct aerial adult mosquito treatments

Hendry County will be conducting aerial adult mosquito control operations over the Pioneer Plantation and LaDeca Communities...
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AI-enhanced system detects bruised strawberries

If you’re perusing the produce section, you generally seek fresh, pleasant-looking fruit...
Giant African Land Snails have once again been sighted in Florida. [Photo by Lyle Bass/UF/IFAS]

Florida again battling Giant African Land Snails

Despite millions of dollars spent on eradication programs, Florida is once again battling Giant African Land Snails.
Sugar cane photo courtesy University of Florida Institution of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

U.S. Sugar employees to be featured on 'How America Works'

Mike Rowe’s How America Works pays tribute to some of the nation’s most vital industries while providing viewers...
The people of U.S. Sugar recently donated more than 2,000 crates of Glades-grown sweet corn across South Florida in partnership with Duda Farm Fresh Foods, C & B Farms in Clewiston and Robert Erneston Produce Inc. of Stuart.

Farmers speak out about political attacks

Members of Florida’s independent, family-owned sugarcane and vegetable farmers are speaking out following political attacks

Free starter seed packets available at some county Extension Offices

Following the launch of the new Unity Gardens Initiative by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried ....
Wildlife & Environment

Science has been a lifelong passion for Jorge Rey

For Jorge Rey, science has been a lifelong passion. At the University of Florida Institute of Food and...

House passes Water Resources Development Act with Everglades and Western water provisions

“The TRCP works hard to ensure that the biennial Water Resources Development Act is not overlooked by sportsmen and sportswomen — or lawmakers — because...

Researchers show how forested areas affect water resources in Florida

When rain falls on a forest, some of that water is taken up by trees and other plants and released back into the...
Southwest Florida Water Management District

Projects on private lands may improve Caloosahatchee water quality

Two proposed projects on private land could help improve water quality in the Caloosahatchee River.

Florida love bugs are back

May has once again brought Florida’s “Love Bug” season.
LABELLE -- The First Baptist Church Trail of Life Group helped with the flag ceremony. [Photo courtesy American Legion Post 130]

Legion post holds Flag Retirement Ceremony

LABELLE -- On June 14 Dana-Howard-Weekley American Legion Post 130 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the post.

American Legion Post 130 hosts Memorial Day Services

FORT DENAUD -- American Legion Post #120 held Memorial Day Services in Felda and at the Fort Denaud Cemetery on May 30. …
Veterans David Williams and John Widdows have been friends for 53 years.

Veteran Williams adopted a duck in Vietnam

David Williams was born in Ohio but raised in Belle Glade.
Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to reach hurricane strength before reaching Florida’s east coast later today or early on Thursday …
The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties (FDOH-Hendry/Glades) is urging the public...
Sports Around The Lake
The Clewiston 12U All-Star softball team has earned a spot in the 2022 Babe Ruth Softball World Series happening on the Treasure Coast from July 19-27.
LEHIGH ACRES -- Wednesday, June 22 was an evening that LaBelle natives would not soon forget.
These guys just won over North Naples 8-4 and won the Little League 10U district 18 championship.
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Most of Florida is at high risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The Santa Express today brought the joy of the holiday season to local families ...

Westside learns Chinese folktales

Students in Mrs. Davis’ class read Yeh-Shen, a Chinese folktale...
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Hendry County School grades an improvement, says superintendent

Three of the 11 schools in Hendry County School District saw grade improvements ...

Stephanie Busin is running for Hendry County School Board District 4

Lake Okeechobee News and Caloosa Belle Independent reached out to candidates running for Hendry County Board of County Commissioners...

Hendry, Glades school districts applaud new school safety law

With schools getting ready to reopen Wed, Aug. 10, in both Hendry and Glades school districts, a new school safety bill …
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2022 general elections update

Supervisor of Election officials are posting updates for the November general election. 

SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in declared Florida counties

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides disaster recovery assistance to Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Ian …

More than 15,000 Florida vote-by-mail ballots flagged for signature, other issues

People who voted by mail in Florida should track their ballot online to ensure it was accepted without issue, given that more than …

FDOH provides lifesaving Naloxone in Hendry and Glades counties

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties is announcing the availability of free Naloxone (Narcan) …

DOH warns of the possible health risks of flood waters

Storms can cause flooding. Skin contact with flood waters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk.

DOH to provide Naloxone to reduce drug abuse deaths

On Aug. 31, on International Overdose Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Health announced...
CLEWISTON – David Phelps will be in concert at the John Boy Auditorium on June 6.

David Phelps concert set for June 12

The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured in Clewiston, on Sunday, June 12 ...
"The Little Shop of Horrors" production at The Fireside Theatre

Firehouse Theatre approaching 30 years of entertaining LaBelle

When a small dinner theater located in the Hendry Isles RV Resort closed in 1993, …

Firehouse Theatre presents ‘Barefoot in the Park’

LABELLE — The Firehouse Theatre will present a romantic comedy by Neil Simon; “Barefoot in the Park.” ...
Traffic & Road Work

SR 80 construction update

Crews will be resurfacing and widening portions of …

Wheeler Road area surveying planned

Beginning the week of June 20,  AIM Engineering and Surveying will be performing surveying services on Wheeler Road from 13th Place to 23rd Terrace.

Road closure planned

Ventura Avenue from San Jose Street to Francisco Avenue will be closed Friday, June 9.
Cowboys are by and large practical folks, yet many still tell stories related to myths and good luck charms.
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission is poised to take a key step toward returning humans to the moon after a half-century hiatus...
Move over bacon and ranch dressing – There's a new hot flavor in town.
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Judge to decide fate of man accused in face-biting attack

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A trial for a former college student who randomly killed a Florida couple in their garage six years ago and then chewed on one victim’s face was set to begin …

Officers: Wellness check leads to fatal shooting in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A police officer fatally shot a man early Sunday while conducting a wellness check at a home in St. Petersburg, officials said. Just before 4 a.m. Sunday, St. …

Woman dies in test drive crash outside Florida car lot

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A 76-year-old passenger was killed when a vehicle being test driven by an 86-year-old man turned into the path of a car just outside the Florida car dealership. The …
Nation & World

Ukraine's 'Invincibility' centers offer refuge, resilience

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — Retired Ukrainian construction worker Borys Markovnikov is on the move again: This time, just a few steps from his home in the town of Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, to seek …

NATO ministers meet to drum up more aid, arms for Ukraine

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his NATO counterparts are gathering in Romania on Tuesday to drum up urgently needed support for Ukraine, including deliveries …

Torture allegations mount in aftermath of Kherson occupation

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — When a dozen Russian soldiers stormed into Dmytro Bilyi's home in August, the 24-year-old police officer said they gave him a chilling choice: Hand in his pistol or his …